David Teniers


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Teniers, David

(tənērz`, tĕn`yərz, Flemish tĕnērs`), the elder, 1582–1649, Flemish painter. He spent many years in Rome. Works attributed to him have often been confused with the early work of his famous son and pupil. David Teniers, the younger, 1610–90, noted Flemish genre painter, worked with his father in Antwerp. His early works show the influence of Bruegel, the elder, his father-in-law. A protégé of Rubens, Teniers became court painter to the governor of the Netherlands and also worked for Philip IV of Spain. Heavily commissioned, he painted a prodigious number of small, very finished pictures. His favorite subjects were quiet scenes from peasant life. His subtle color and brilliant technique are unexcelled among the genre painters of his period. Among his well-known pictures are several versions of Flemish Kermess in the museums of Antwerp and Vienna and a version of The Alchemist in The Hague. The National Gallery, London, and the Prado have many examples of his work.
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PHOTO : David Teniers, the Younger's The Alchemist, painted on a wood panel and signed and dated
Slowly acquiring a more comical, but still debased, role, the image of the monkey in Christian symbolism changed profoundly during the 17th century in the hands of Flemish artists, including Pieter Brueghel the Younger and David Teniers the Younger, who broke with traditional Catholic iconography and integrated the animal into genre works.
The artworks located include two of the most important works from the Goudstikker collection, 'Adam and Eve' by Lucas Cranach the Elder at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California, as well as a major landscape painting by David Teniers the Younger in the Wallraf - Richartz Museum in Cologne, Germany.
As the Sevres term implies, the decoration was in the style of the Flemish painter David Teniers the Younger (1610-90), whose paintings were sought after by French 18th-century collectors.
The large painting catalogued as A Kitchen Scene and attributed to David Teniers is strangely diffuse and lacking in structure for that master of tight, well-ordered composition.
He patronised a young artist, David Wilkie, who arrived on the London scene in 1806, bringing from his native Scotland an inspired new interpretation of the subject matter of the 17th-century Netherlandish masters Jan Steen, the two David Teniers, and Adriaen and Isaac van Ostade.
Until the time of Brouwer's death David Teniers (unnecessarily known as the Younger, since most of the few works ascribed to his father have now been convincingly re-attributed to the son) imitated Brouwer's manner, although with some distaste for his drunken abandon.
Michael Tollemache's show, 'Flemish Painting 1550-1690', for instance, includes the large A Kermesse or Village Festivalby David Teniers n, which has emerged in 'country-house condition' from a French provincial collection.
David Teniers the Younger records some lively scenes of village life and, outside the villages, Jacob van Ruisdael celebrates, in four golden canvases, the magnificence of moving water and the widely careering and swingeing Dutch sky.
While living in Antwerp, Lievens befriended Adriaen Brouwer and David Teniers and set about producing low-life genre scenes in a Flemish vein.
By the mid-17th century these included records of guild and other civic ceremonies, together with crowded scenes of less formal occasions, usually set in identified outdoor settings and typified by the work of David Teniers the Younger, and Gillis van Tilborch, together with a number of now relatively obscure figures, such as Nicholas van Eyck and Francois Duchatel.